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Drew has lived in New York for almost three years. She moved here right after college to go to graduate school at NYU (“Best.Decision.Ever.”). She loves exploring and eating, and has been known to schlep to the Upper West Side for a Levain cookie under the guise of strolling through Central Park. A resident of Greenwich Village, she works in SoHo and likes to hang out in the West Village, the East Village, and on the Lower East Side.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love discovering hidden NYC gems vetted by residents and relatively unknown by tourists. There are so many amazing small restaurants to be found, there is endless potential for adventure! And I’ve barely been out of Manhattan!
Do you have any secret talents?
Share an ultimate insider tip for your city:
Half priced apps and drinks are the key to living on a budget. Also, use your student discount wherever you go!
What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be time manipulation. I hate waiting. I’d speed things up or slow things down as needed – power over the “New York Minute” sounds good, right?
Have any embarrassing moments you’d like to share?
One time I threw up in a rose bush on Fifth Avenue? Almost sounds glamorous.
Tell us some juicy gossip:
Most of my juiciest gossip comes from Gossip Girl. Granted, this is a fictional portrayal of “Manhattan’s Elite,” but you know I love it. XOXO.
What’s your ultimate guilty pleasure?
My ultimate guilty pleasure is eating a ginormous brunch and then crawling back into bed for an epic nap. In the words of Marcel the Shell, “treats and snoozin’, snoozin’ and treats.” That’s about perfect. Also, did I mention Gossip Girl?
If you could see any celebrity’s reviews on Places, who would you choose and why?
In terms of fictional New Yorkers, it’s a tie between Carrie Bradshaw and George Costanza. Carrie would know the best of the best, but George would tell it how it is.
Carrie and George could definitely tell us about some great New York places. Speaking of great places, how about sharing some local favorites with us?
Levain Bakery – Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie is heavenly – big enough to share, but why would you want to?
The Meatball Shop – Meatballs and sides are amazing, but be sure to save room for dessert! Made to order ice cream sandwiches are divine.
Bagel Bob’s – Capers & NYU Student discount?
Apotheke – A must – if you can find it. Totally worth the $ 15 drinks.
MoMA – Start at the top and work your way down. Don’t forget to browse through the gift shop!
Posted by Esther Brown, New York City community manager